Tanta, Barcelona

Vegetarians beware! This is definitely a restaurant for pescatarians. My friends in Barcelona took me to Tanta a few times – it was one of their favorite places and I easily understand why! My Barcelona friends are much more adventurous in their eating than I, so I never know what to expect, but Tanta is truly amazing. In fact, I still have cravings for the ceviche! The atmosphere is ultra modern and fresh and the cocktails are fantastic!

Vegetarian Options:

  • Quinoa Salad With avocado, cucumber, tomato, onion and herbs.
  • Yuccas Walking sticks with sauce Huancayo.

Pescatarian Options:

  • Tuna tartar, tuna belly and marinated anchovies
  • Stuffed crispy shrimp bathed with cream cebichera
  • Rock fishes, squid, shrimp and cassava sauce ceviche.
  • Seafood and classic tiger milk.
  • Octopus Anticucho Grilled accompanied by hash browns and Creole sauce.
  • Butter Fish Anticucho Grilled accompanied by hash browns and Creole sauce.
  • Sea bass and tiger milk yellow pepper.
  • Tuna lacquered with passion fruit syrup.
  • Sea bass and tiger classic milk.
  • Full Roosterfish Gallo boneless fried, bathed in garlic Chifero.
  • Squid, octopus kebab sauce with potatoes and corn.
  • Spicy Ceviche Sea bass and seafood, milk and hot pepper tiger.
  • Nikkei Ceviche Bluefin tuna, tiger’s milk with tamarind and soy.
  • Degustacion de Cebiches – Classic, spicy, Nikkei and hot stone. (My Favorite!!)
  • Butterfish, onions, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, bean sprouts and oyster.
  • “Sweaty” Corvina in yellow pepper broth, tomatoes and cassava.
  • Pescado A Lo Macho Golden cream spicy seafood



Måurice, Portland, Oregon

Recently we took a trip to Portland and Seattle and enjoyed some amazing food. Whenever we travel I always enjoy finding some time alone, sometimes its just for a little while, others times it may be a few weeks. My lunch at Måurice was that time – and it could not have been better. I read about Måurice on the James Beard Nominee list that was released as we were planing this trip. Nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef, Måurice is a French style cafe that easily transports you to the streets of Paris. The menu is small, however, the available options are amazing. The wine list, written on a blackboard, is very well planned and pairs perfectly with the menu. The beautiful Provence Rosé with the Polenta Clafoutis with Poached Farm Egg and the Black Pepper Cheesecake was a little slice of heaven!

Vegetarian Options:

  • Polenta Clafoutis with Poached Farm Egg
  • Quiche and Simple Greens
  • Nora’s Lefse w/tarragon & grapefruit kissed Gravlax, Carrot, Prune & Parsley Leaf Salade
  • Seasonal Greens & Soups
  • Fromage Plat

Pescatarian Option:

  • Radishes w/butter + Oysters on the 1/2 Shell

And be sure to save room for dessert – it is definitely not to be missed!


Cotton Row, Huntsville, AL

Summer break…such a great time to explore. For many years my husband ran a race in Huntsville, AL. His preferred pre-run meal is always pizza, however, there was a restaurant that always caught my eye – even before we fell in love with wine and great wine lists. Since we were never able to go on the race weekends, I made the two hour trip this week and am sure to return soon!

Not only does Cotton Row have incredible food and great options for pescatarians, they are also known as having one of the best wine lists in Alabama. Their menu changes seasonally and varies from lunch, to brunch, to dinner. While the lunch and brunch menus are not large, there are plenty of options. And they truly do have an incredible wine list!

Dessert Original 3
Seasonal Berry Crumble with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

Vegetarian Options:

  • Cream of Leek and Parsnip Soup
  • Wild Mushroom and Ricotta Ravioli
  • Salad of Gratitude Farms Bibb Lettuce Salad – I enjoyed this with a fantastic Provence Rosé which paired perfectly with the blue cheese and pistachios in the salad
  • Grilled Hearts of Romaine Salad
  • Local Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Wild Yellowfoot and Maitake Mushroom Omelette
  • Cinnamon French Toast
  • Roasted Chioggia and Candy Cane Beet Salad
  • Salad of Seven Wonders – quinoa, kale, edamame, cucumbers, tomatoes, citrus, sunflower seeds, sesame-mirin vinaigrette
  • Butter Poached White Asparagus
  • Sea Salted French Fries
  • Wild Mushroom and Herb Goat Cheese Ravioli
  • Roasted Japanese Eggplant and Crispy Tofu

Pescatarian Options:

  • Celery Root Clam Chowder
  • Seafood Fry
  • Alaskan King Salmon Gravlox
  • Salad of Cajun Crusted Gulf Osyters
  • Fire Roasted Rappahannock Oysters
  • House Cured Wild Salmon
  • Seared Maine Diver Sea Scallop Linguine
  • Sesame Tempura Crusted Soft Shell Crab
  • Grilled Asian Spice Mahi Mahi Bowl – my choice for the entrée paired with California white blend and a glass of Sancerre (you can rarely go wrong with Sancerre!)
  • Asian Seven Spice Crusted Ahi Tuna
  • Maine Lobster and Yellow Corn Risotto
  • Oven Roasted Gulf Red Snapper
  • Seared Maine Diver Sea Scallops
  • Alaskan Dayboat Line Caught Halibut
  • Pan Seared Guld Gigged Flounder
  • Maryland Blue Crab Crepe
  • Alabama White Gulf Shrimp and Anson Mill Grits
  • Rice Flour Crusted Apalachicola Oysters


*Photos updated April 1, 2016